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A COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ~ WOUNDED BY RELIGION: HEALED BY THE SACRED

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Kelly Middle School

25 Mahan Drive

Norwich, CT 06360

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WOUNDED BY RELIGION: HEALED BY THE SACRED

Have you or someone you love been wounded by religion, church folks, religious authority or a faith community?

Are you a pastor, clergy or minister who has been wounded by the Church?

Do you want to know how your faith community might be wounding the soul rather than nurturing the spirit?


Religion can be an instrument of healing and wounding. Far too many people have been hurt by religion or religious doctrine that has left them confused, demoralized and feeling unloved. They live in places of shame and guilt. Many have broken relationships with their families and feel disconnected from a Sacred source or don’t see the benefits of having a relationship with the Sacred. Healing these individual and societal wounds requires an understanding of the complexities of religious convictions and its relationships to one’s psychological and emotional development. This community conversation begins the healing process.

If you have ever felt unworthy, not good enough, hopeless, powerless, empty, like a fraud, judged, spiritually bankrupt or simply fed up with religion and church folks but yearning for spiritual connection, this conversation is for you.

If you have been wounded, have a loved one who has been wounded or are a member of clergy, this is an opportunity for you to engage in dialogue, gain awareness, reconnect to the Sacred and discover a roadmap to healing.

At this presentation, panel discussion and Q & A, you will:

  • Recognize what religious wounds are;
  • Understand how they impact you, loved ones, and even your faith community;
  • Hear how to heal relationships with loved ones; and
  • Hear how to reconnect or deepen your connection with the Sacred.

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Rev. Dr. Terrlyn L. Curry Avery is a pastologist (licensed psychologist and ordained minister) and the creator of pastology, the dynamic spiritually based approach to healing that focuses on the synergy between pastoring and psychology. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Hofstra University and a Masters of Divinity from Yale University and is the author of Sacred Intelligence: The Essence of Sacred, Selfish and Shared Relationships. You can view her TEDx talk on this subject at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6Lrt1A9fLI.

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Andrew Lewis Harris is a member of the Anglican Church. He is a graduated of Gordon College in Wenham, MA and is currently pursuing a second Bachelors degree in nursing at UCONN.

Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis is the pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church. She is actively involved with the broader Church and as co-chair of NEXT Church, works to promote God’s transformation of communities for the common good.

Dr. Efrain Agosto is Professor of New Testament Studies at New York Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry in Pentecostal, Baptist, and Congregational churches (UCC).

Jessica James is the Ministerial Intern at Unitarian Universalist Area Church First Parish in Sherborn, MA and a divinity student at Andover Newton Theological School. She was raised in a devout, conservative Roman Catholic family.


Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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